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Updated : 02/04/2018 | 07:18
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(AG E-portal)- Sam Mountain is also called Vĩnh Tế Mountain or Ngọc Lãnh Mountain, with 284 meters height and covers an area of 5.200, belongs to the range of seven-mountains (Bảy Núi). Sam Mountain belonged to Vĩnh Tế commune before but it now belongs to Sam Mountain ward, Châu Đốc City, An Giang Province, Vietnam.

Vĩnh Tế Moutain: Minh Mạng King named Sam Mounain was Vĩnh Tế Mountain in order to recognize the great contribution of Thoại Ngọc Hầu to digging Vĩnh Tế cannal (1819 -1824).

Ngọc Lãnh Mountain: ngọc means a kind of crab, sơn is mountain. Theoretically, it is called Sam Moutain because of its shape being similar to the crab, and its head faces to Tịnh Biên. Other said that, in the past, areas surrounding Sam Mountain was ocean, the crabs gathered to live around there.

Sam Mountain position: in the North West, the Vĩnh Tế cannal is alongside with Cambodia border and Vĩnh Tế commune. In the South West, it borders with Vĩnh Châu commune. Châu Phú A and Châu Phú B wards of Châu Đốc city are in the North East and the South East

      Before, Sam mountain had many flamboyants grew up in very mountain corners and in the blossomed season, the mountain was beautifully covered by red flowerers. At the top of the mountain, there was still a vestige of a stone pedestal where The Statue of  Goddess  stayed before being brought to the current temple. The stone pedestal has 1,60 meters’ width; 0,3 meters’ length, having a square whole of  0,34 meters in the middle. The stone pedestal is a kind of dark blue sediment particles puree stone. Nearby the stone pedestal is the military tower where Truong Gia Mo (1866-1929), a scholar of  Duy Tân organization, jumped himself down the mountain to end a deadlock life in a night of 1929. There are many pagodas and temples in Sam Mountain, and especially, the most famous temple and pagodas are The Shrine of  Goddess, Tây An Pagoda, Thoại Ngọc Hầu mausoleum, and Phước Điền pagoda (Hang Pagoda), which are all relic cultural history of Sam Mountain and recognized as national relics by Ministry of Culture, Sport, and Tourism of Vietnam. In addition, The festival of Goddess is recognized by Ministry of Culture, Sport, and Tourism as national cultural heritage intangible on December 19th, 2015 at Decision No 4205/QĐ_BVHTTDL, attracts a number of visitors yearly to visit and participate in various rituals such as the bathing ritual of the statue, the procession of the Thoai Ngoc Hau’ and his wives’spirit tables, the rituals of  “Túc Yết”  and “ Xây Chầu” , the main offering ceremony and the procession of the Thoai Ngoc Hau’ and his wives’spirit tables back to their tombs and other activities such as singing.

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